Artwork at Hamiltons


Hamilton’s, like many establishments in Stockbridge, has passed me by until fairly recently. In the seven years or so that I’ve lived in Edinburgh, I’ve kind of stuck around the south side of the city, but since I’ve started this site and following the rave reviews, I find myself going north of Princes Street and heading to Stockbridge more and more often.

After hearing a couple of good words about Hamilton’s, I thought I’d better give it a go. So, one lazy weekend afternoon, Mr. B and I decided to treat ourselves to a spot of brunch.

Inside Hamiltons with a view of the fireplace

Stepping inside, the place is an eclectic combination of a fairly comfy looking pub and a quirky gastro bar decorated with 50’s style comic illustrations. The tables are furnished simply with a candle and extensive cocktail menu, which sits enticingly in front of you.

It’s a fairly sizeable place, but it has a few nice nooks and crannies you can get lost in.

Coffee in a sweet china teacup

Now, I must make it clear that Hamilton’s do breakfast, lunch AND dinner, but it was pictures of brunch posted my pal over at Republic of Lunch that made me REALLY want to give it a go. I ordered a coffee to start, which came in the sweetest little china cup – very Stockbridge!

Fried egg, potato wedges and chilli flakes

Mr. Bug ordered the pan fried potatoes with fried egg and chilli flakes. He really enjoyed it, the chilli flakes providing a nice wee kick but nothing too overpowering. It’s not a combo that I would do myself (I prefer bread with my eggs!) but it seemed to be a hit with himself.

A white plate with a full Scottish breakfast

I, on the other hand, went for the full whammy – the full Scottish breakfast. Now let’s see if I can remember what I had on here…

  • Scrambled eggs (however you can have your eggs whichever way you like them)
  • Black pudding
  • Haggis
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Tomato
  • Fried bread
  • Potato scone
  • Beans

… I think that was it! Well, safe to say I didn’t finish it all, but it was a fine plate of food and I gave it my best shot! I especially enjoyed the eggs and the bacon – I normally struggle to eat bacon on its own, as I usually find it really salty, but this stuff had a lovely flavour to it and went well with everything else on my plate.

The outside of Hamiltons

Hamilton’s has a great brunch menu, ranging from the old favourite full Scottish breakfast to more adventurous options such as avocado and poached egg on toast with chorizo jam. It was a great meal and I will definitely be back soon to sample their lunch and dinner.

You can find Hamilton’s at 18 Hamilton Place, EH3 5AU. The 24, 29 and 42 all stop close by on Raeburn Place, just get off before the bridge over the Water of Leith.  

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